how i spent my friday night: simple fish n’ chips

Please excuse the messy desktop. The photo of my work area was taken in November, but my March desktop isn’t in much better shape, tidy-wise. For me, a cluttered desk means that I’m busy with work (definitely true in this case). However, I still had some spare time to design a new template for this blog — and add a much needed recipe index so that I could easily keep track of things. As for the design, I tested it on my main browser, Firefox, as well as Safari and it seems to look great in both browsers. I even had Cornelius check it on his PC using Firefox and though there was a slight bug in IE with the top margin it seems to cache alright. What did I learn from this new redesign? Blogger is a bitch to work with. Too many IE hacks in it’s code and the code just seems too messy. Blech, I’m not looking forward to a new redesign, so I hope this look stays for awhile. Let me know what you think or if you encounter any bugs. As you can probably tell from this new design, I yearn to be an illustrator! Hello, dream job! Everything was drawn by me…except for the craft/music/design group of illustrations (which are just some really cute looking dingbats). I guess I’ll settle for being a designer and an amateur food blogger!

And now on to the recipe portion of our show….

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17 comments to “how i spent my friday night: simple fish n’ chips”

  1. 1
    Rachel   March 4, 2006 at 7:01 am

    gosh, i love the design! i wish I could have you redesign mine!!

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    Michele   March 4, 2006 at 2:17 pm

    I don’t even really like fish and yours has me craving it. Your new template is awesome! Always love your posts. :)

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    Rorie   March 4, 2006 at 8:04 am

    Beautiful – I love it!!!!

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    Michelle   March 5, 2006 at 8:44 am

    Looks wonderful and I like the new photo too! Wish I was creative and could make my own!

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    kickpleat   March 5, 2006 at 11:54 am

    Thanks Rachel & Rorie & Michelle!

    That fish photo turned out amazing…it makes me hungry too! Thanks so much for your nice words, Michele!

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    Joe   March 5, 2006 at 6:52 pm

    What a beautiful redesign kickpleat – you did an awesome job!

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    Amy   March 5, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    Ditto on the redesign–love the colors! I’m desperately trying to find someone to do a masthead for us. Wish I had your talent and could do it myself. Arrgh.

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    crystal   March 6, 2006 at 9:50 am

    Oh, I love it! Your illustrations are too cute. Great job!

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    Tania   March 6, 2006 at 6:57 am

    I love the new look — it’s very clean, neat, and cute, not to mention unique. The pictogram sandwich assembly on your header is perfect!

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    onewholeclove   March 6, 2006 at 4:32 pm

    It’s a great look. Be proud of what you have accomplished!

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    Dawna   March 6, 2006 at 10:16 am

    Great new design, Kickpleat!

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    purplecupcake   March 6, 2006 at 11:09 pm

    I love the half eaten cupcake!
    BTW, the fish looks awesome!

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    kickpleat   March 6, 2006 at 11:45 pm

    thanks everyone for your nice words!!

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    Heather   March 7, 2006 at 8:34 am

    Just let me know if you would like to use your “ametuer” skills to help redesign my site!!
    It looks great!

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    Molly   March 7, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    Wow, kickpleat, as someone who has struggled to redesign her blogger blog at least somewhat, let’s just say that I am very, very impressed! Love it.

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    Genevieve   March 7, 2006 at 7:33 pm

    oh, i really like your little icons. did you draw them yourself?

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    kickpleat   March 8, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    Heather, I’m definitely confident in my design skillz, it’s the illustrating skillz that need a brush-up! thanks for the nice words!

    Thanks Molly, Blogger isn’t as easy to work with as I first thought!

    Genevieve, yes I drew the icons myself … except for the music/craft/design ones! Those cakes are all mine :)

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